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How can I get....

ink off of an oak table? My nephew was coloring with a black marker (not a permanent one, but not a crayola either. Not sure what it was.. anyway..) and it soaked through the paper. Now I have a bunch of black marks on my table. It needs to be refinished anyway because I left a bottle of windex on it, not knowing that the bottom had a crack in it, and now I have a spot that is ruined from the amonia. But I don't have the money for that right now (It's a big table. Seats 8 when both leaves are in it.) but I'd like to remove the ink in the meantime. Any ideas? It's solid oak and hasn't been treated with anything in quite a while. (Yes, I know, if it had been treated the ink probably would have wiped right off, but it wasn't, it didn't and now here I am.)
All suggestions welcome. Thanks ladies...

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Megs5384

Asked by Megs5384 at 6:54 PM on Sep. 29, 2010 in Home & Garden

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Answers (7)
  • Have you tried simply using soap and water?
    Melbornj

    Answer by Melbornj at 6:55 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • Yes. That was the first thing I tried. And I did it right after he did it. It didn't work.
    Megs5384

    Comment by Megs5384 (original poster) at 7:01 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • have you tried rubbing alcohol or vinegar?

    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:03 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • Wouldn't rubbing alcohol ruin the finish? I know the ink kind of ruins it to, but I don't want it to end up looking worse. KWIM? ANd I hadn't thought of vinegar... I'll try that.
    Megs5384

    Comment by Megs5384 (original poster) at 7:13 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • oil.... it breaks up the ink
    pinkdena

    Answer by pinkdena at 9:15 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • magic eraser. the dollar tree has them.
    motherofhope98

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 7:00 AM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • I use a magic eraser on my oak table for marker ALL the time!
    slw123

    Answer by slw123 at 11:36 AM on Sep. 30, 2010

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